High Point University’s Neuroscience Program strives to provide students with state-of-the-art, rigorous, laboratory-intensive training in this interdisciplinary field.
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Chair of Basic Pharmaceutical Sciences

Within the context of the liberal arts environment, High Point University’s Neuroscience Program provides students with interdisciplinary curricular options that range from the generalized to the specialized, and that prepare them for a wide variety of post-baccalaureate goals within their field (e.g., careers in biomedical research; professional programs in the health sciences, such as medical school). Within our curricula, special emphasis is placed on science as a process, supported by a conceptual understanding of basic principles in neuroscience. To this end, hands-on, experiential learning opportunities are abundant, both within classrooms and teaching laboratories and through original research. As a result, our curricula foster within students not only the knowledge base, but also the critical thinking, communication and collaboration skills that prepare them for success in their future careers and for leadership roles within society.

Course Requirements 2020/2021
Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience
Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience
Degree Requirements Credits
Major Requirements 58
University Core Requirements 50
Electives 20
Total 128
Requirements for B.S. in Neuroscience
Requirements for B.S. in Neuroscience
Course Course Title Credits
BIO 1500/1501 Principles of Cell Biology/Lab 3/1
BIO 2001 Principles of Genetics/Lab 3/1
CHM 1010/1011 General Chemistry I/Lab 3/1
CHM 1020/1021 General Chemistry II/Lab 3/1
PSY 2000 Introduction to Psychology 4
First Year
Take the above Foundation Courses

Second Year
Take the Foundation Courses from the following list below
BIO/PHS 3061/3061L Integrated Human Physiology/Lab 3/1
CHM 2510/2011 Organic Chemistry I/Lab 4
CHM 2520/2021 Organic Chemistry II/Lab 4
NEU 3010 Principles of Cellular Neuroscience 4
STS 2020, STS 2910, PSY 2100 Introduction to Statistics or Introduction to Statistical Analysis with SAS Applications orStatistics for Psychology 4
Third and Fourth Year
Take the Upper-Level Elective Courses from the following list below
NEU 3011 Neuroanatomy 4
Select one 3000 - or 4000 - level BIO course. This course must have a lab component.
BIO/PHS 3061/3061L Integrated Human Physiology/Lab 3/1
BIO 3000 Cell Biology 4
BIO/NEU 3010 Principles of Cellular Neuroscience 4
BIO 3011 Neuroanatomy 4
BIO 3030 Vertebrate Histology 4
BIO 3040 Microbiology 4
BIO 3050 Advanced Genetics 4
BIO 3061 Integrated Human Physiology 4
BIO 3071 Human Anatomy and Embryology 4
BIO 3080 Vertebrate Natural History 4
BIO 3110 General Botany 4
BIO 3120 Zoology 4
BIO 3210 Tools for Biotechnology 4
BIO 3220 Parasitology 4
BIO 3230 Medical Entomology 4
BIO 3250 Health and Ecology Applications of GIS 4
BIO/GBS/ENV 3300 Global Change Ecology 4
BIO/GBS 3350 Emerging Infectious Diseases: A World Perspective 4
BIO/GBS/ENV 3450 The Hidden Face of Ecuador 4
BIO 3460 From Lab to Plate: Agriculture and Public Health of the Philippines 4
BIO/ENV 3470 Life Across Space and Time: Global Biodiversity and Conservation 4
BIO/WGS 3500 Biology of Women 4
BIO/ENV 3600 Aquatic Biology 4
BIO 4010 Animal Physiology 4
BIO 4020 Ecological Plant Physiology 4
BIO 4030 Developmental Biology 4
BIO 4040 Ecology 4
BIO 4050 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy 4
BIO 4060 Immunology 4
BIO 4065 Virology 4
BIO 4070 Endocrinology 4
BIO 4090 Molecular Biology 4
BIO/ANA 4100 Human Microanatomy 4
BIO 4444 Independent Study 1-4
BIO/ANA 4900 Advanced Human Anatomy 4
Choose 8 credits from the following list of courses:
NEU 4200 Neurogenesis 4
NEU 4210 Molecular Neuroscience 4
NEU 4290 Current Topics in Neuroscience 4
PSY 3520 Sensation & Perception 4**
PSY 4610 Drugs & Behavior 4**
PSY 4620 Clinical Neuropsychology 4**
No more than one PSY course from this list can be counted toward the major from the list above.

Fourth Year
Take the Senior Capstone Experience from the following list
NEU 4250 Journal Club: Advanced Topics in Neuroscience 2***
Course Descriptions
Notes:
For First and Second Years take Foundation Courses (40 credits)
For Third and Fourth Years take Upper-Level Elective Courses (16 credits)
For Fourth Year take Senior Capstone Experience (2 credits)

**PSY 2600 is a prerequisite for this course
***Taught on a rotating basis by biology faculty. This is a capstone course with a flexible topic, dependent upon the expertise and interest of the professor. The course will include both written and oral presentation components, as well as discussion and critical analysis of primary literature

Completion of MTH 1400 (pre-calculus) or the equivalent is also required. If students’ professional goals lie in a health science field (e.g., premedical; pre-dental; pre-physician assistant), they should also attend regular advising sessions with health science advisors for mentoring on coursework required to be considered for admission to these graduate/professional programs, since some of the required courses do not overlap with the courses required for this major.

Degree RequirementsCredits
Major Requirements58
University Core Requirements50
Electives20
Total128
Course Course TitleCredits
First Year:
Take the following Foundations Courses
Bio 1500/1501Principles of Cell Biology/Lab3/1
BIO 2001Principles of Genetics/Lab3/1
CHM 1010/1011General Chemistry I/Lab3/1
CHM 1020/1021General Chemistry II/Lab3/1
PSY 2000Introduction to Psychology4
Second Year:
Take the Foundation Courses from the following list below
BIO/PHS 3061/3061LIntegrated Human Physiology/Lab3/1
CHM 2510/2011Organic Chemistry I/Lab4
CHM 2520/2021Organic Chemistry II/Lab4
NEU 3010Principles of Cellular Neuroscience4
STS 2020, STS 2910, PSY 2100Introduction to Statistics or Introduction to Statistical Analysis with SAS Applications orStatistics for Psychology 4
Third and Fourth Year
Take the Upper-Level Elective Courses from the following list below
NEU 3011Neuroanatomy4
Select one 3000 - or 4000 - level BIO course. This course must have a lab component.
BIO/PHS 3061/3061LIntegrated Human Physiology/Lab3/1
BIO 3000Cell Biology4
BIO 3030Vertebrate Histology4
BIO 3040Microbiology4
BIO 3050Advanced Genetics4
BIO 3061Integrated Human Physiology4
BIO 3071Human Anatomy and Embryology4
BIO 3080Vertebrate Natural History4
BIO 3110General Botany4
BIO 3120Zoology4
BIO 3210Tools for Biotechnology4
BIO 3220Parasitology4
BIO 3230Medical Entomology4
BIO 3250Health and Ecology Applications of GIS4
BIO/GBS/ENV 3300Global Change Ecology4
BIO/GBS 3350Emerging Infectious Diseases: A World Perspective4
BIO/GBS/ENV 3450The Hidden Face of Ecuador 4
BIO 3460From Lab to Plate: Agriculture and Public Health of the Philippines4
BIO/ENV 3470Life Across Space and Time: Global Biodiversity and Conservation4
BIO/WGS 3500Biology of Women4
BIO/ENV 3600Aquatic Biology4
BIO 4010Animal Physiology4
BIO 4020Ecological Plant Physiology4
BIO 4030Developmental Biology4
BIO 4040Ecology4
BIO 4050Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy4
BIO 4060Immunology4
BIO 4070Endocrinology4
BIO 4090Molecular Biology4
BIO/ANA 4100Human Microanatomy4
BIO 4444Independent Study1-4
BIO/ANA 4900Advanced Human Anatomy4
Choose 8 credits from the following list of courses:
NEU 4200Neurogenesis 4
NEU 4210Molecular Neuroscience4
NEU 4290Current Topics in Neuroscience4
PSY 3520Sensation & Perception4**
PSY 4610Drugs & Behavior4**
PSY 4620Clinical Neuropsychology4**
No more than one PSY course from this list can be counted toward the major from the list above.

Fourth Year
Take the Senior Capstone Experience from the following list
NEU 4250Journal Club: Advanced Topics in Neuroscience2***
Course Descriptions

Notes:
For First and Second Years take Foundation Courses (40 credits)
For Third and Fourth Years take Upper-Level Elective Courses (16 credits)
For Fourth Year take Senior Capstone Experience (2 credits)

**PSY 2600 is a prerequisite for this course
***Taught on a rotating basis by biology faculty. This is a capstone course with a flexible topic, dependent upon the expertise and interest of the professor. The course will include both written and oral presentation components, as well as discussion and critical analysis of primary literature

Completion of MTH 1400 (pre-calculus) or the equivalent is also required. If students’ professional goals lie in a health science field (e.g., premedical; pre-dental; pre-physician assistant), they should also attend regular advising sessions with health science advisors for mentoring on coursework required to be considered for admission to these graduate/professional programs, since some of the required courses do not overlap with the courses required for this major.

Career Opportunities
A bachelors degree in Neuroscience at High Point University will prepare you for a variety of career opportunities. The careers available to a student with a BS in Neuroscience overlap significantly with careers available to students with either a biology or psychology degree. Many students may wish to further specialize their education by pursuing advanced degrees. Below are some examples of career opportunities for students graduating with a BS in Neuroscience, as well as careers which Neuroscience students are well prepared to pursue additional training.
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